Vampyres [DVD] [1974]

Blue Underground strikes gold once again with this fantastic edition of yet another genre classic -- José Larraz's 1974 erotic gothic gem Vampyres. Released in 2000 by William Lustig's old chums Anchor Bay, here Lustig and his Blue Underground folk up the ante and give you all those features and more! Back once again is the genius commentary with producer Brian Smedley-Aston and director Larraz, who's foul-mouthed fractured English is a joy to behold as he impassionately compares himself to Charles Bukowski, gushes over his leads' naked bodies, and trashes French Cinema continually through the 88-minute running time. Also included are both the international and U.S. trailer (the latter being the more explicit...go figure!) in addition to some great shots in the stills gallery. Those features alone would make a fine release (they did with Anchor Bay's version), but it's the new stuff that puts this beyond regular cult discs...First off, there's "Return of the Vampyres -- Interviews with Stars Marianne Morris and Anulka," a fantastic retrospective with the two leading sexy sirens who charmingly reminisce about everything from their inexperience to their frightened and funny stories about director Larraz. Some great shots are also included of the long-lost "Caravan Scene," an alternate ending that had to be scrapped due to budgetary reasons. As with their other releases, the menu designs are fantastic and add to the true testament that is Blue Underground's eye for quality. Add in a gorgeous Anulka Glamour Gallery, some amazing vintage posters and a director's bio (featuring some choice quotes from the crazy man himself), and you've got one of the best releases this film will probably ever see. In addition to all of the above, you DVD-ROM folk out there get the completely different documentary "VAMPYRES: A Tribute to the Ultimate in Erotic Horror Cinema" to sink your teeth into as well (sorry, the rest of you are out of luck).
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Special Features

  • International trailer
  • U.S. trailer
  • Poster & still gallery
  • Audio Commentary with director José Ramón Larraz and producer Brian Smedley-Aston
  • "Return of the Vampyres" - Interviews with stars Marianne Morris and Anulka
  • "Lost" Caravan scene
  • Anulka Glamour Gallery
  • José Ramón Larraz bio
  • VAMPYRES - a tribute to the ultimate in Erotic Cinama (DVD-ROM)


This Hammer-flavored gothic outing (originally titled Daughters of Dracula) involves the sanguinary exploits of two female vampires (Marianne Morris and Playboy centerfold Anulka) who bed down together in a queen-sized coffin by day and seduce male and female victims by moonlight, leading to lots of steamy soft-core sex scenes followed by copious amounts of the red stuff. One of their victims (Murray Brown) falls in love with Moore, even as he grows increasingly anemic due to her nutritional requirements. Moody photography and lush sets enhance the film's fatally hedonistic atmosphere, and the stars assay temptingly feline performances that render their characters' seductive powers chillingly real. This was a late entry in the European "lesbian vampire" sub-genre, a 1970s phenomenon made popular by such filmmakers as Jean Rollin and Jess Franco that made a comeback in the late 1990s. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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    Marianne Morris - Fran
  • Anulka Dziubinska
    Anulka Dziubinska - Miriam
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    Murray Brown - Ted
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    Elliott Sullivan - Elderly Couple
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    Sally Faulkner - Harriett

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